The Tragedy of Coriolanus
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Full of treachery and betrayal, this play tells the story of a proud war hero who struggles to turn his military triumphs into political success. Coriolanus, a Roman soldier, has defeated the Volscians and is regaled by the citizens of Rome. The Senate offers to make him a consul, but in order to be granted the office Coriolanus must publicly appeal to the citizens for their vote. Stubborn and proud, this tradition offends Coriolanus, and he grows furious when the fickle public turns on him. Feeling betrayed by his own people, he defects to his former enemy the Volscians, and declares war with them upon Rome. As he advances upon his former home city, his mother Volumnia comes to plead for his mercy, and the citizens that scorned him are now cowering in fear. The concluding scenes are filled with shifting loyalties, changing allegiances, and political backstabbing, and will leave readers with troubling insights into the nature of community and belonging.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
Volscians and Antiates.
SCENE I. Rome. A street.
Before we proceed any further, hear me speak.
You are all resolved rather to die than to famish?
First, you know ...
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